Tuesday, June 25
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Players often say things like, "Everyone's banged up this time of year," but it can be jarring to find out the degree to which that is true. But there are so many players this time of year who probably shouldn't be getting out of bed, and yet they're out on the ice giving everything they have left in the tank. Sometimes it's obvious, like when the cameras show Andrew Shaw bleeding all over the ice, constantly wiping his down his stitches, and icing his eye on the bench between shifts. ... "I'm pretty much used up right now," Shaw laughed [after winning the Cup]. "I don't know how much of this I can do. But it was worth all the stitches and everything else. It was worth all of it. This is the greatest feeling in the world and I never want it to go away." (Chicago Daily Herald)Comment
Jurickson Profar is on the move -- to the Rangers' outfield, thanks to the presence of Ian Kinsler at second Elvis Andrus at short. Scouts consider Profar a better defender at second, but the chances of Kinsler resisting a move would increase if questions persisted about Profar's overall ability. And Profar, since his promotion on May 19, is batting .263 with a .686 OPS, albeit in only 107 plate appearances. Trading Profar could be the best solution, particularly with Kinsler under contract through 2017 and Andrus through 2022. But the entire equation could fall apart if Profar sputters. Club officials would lose leverage not only with Kinsler, but also with potential suitors in trade discussions. (FOX Sports)Comment
We interrupt a wait for Dwight Howard's version of The Decision with a first installment of LeBron James' return to the genre. Next season, the Miami Heat hope to be celebrating a third consecutive championship. Whether the 2014 offseason is as carefree for James is another issue. In a sitdown interview with CNN's Rachel Nichols that aired Monday, James was asked about his 2014 opt-out clause, the first of three consecutive offseasons James will have the right to explore free agency. "I don't know," James, Most Valuable Player of both the 2012-13 NBA regular season and just-completed NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, said, "because I haven't really even thought about it. So when that moment comes up, I will approach it, like a professional." (Sun-Sentinel)Comment
Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville celebrates after Chicago won their second Stanley Cup Finals in four years.
Yesterday, No. 5 seed Rafael Nadal lost in the first round at Wimbledon to 135th-ranked Steve Darcis. Here's the final point won of the match.
Game To Watch
Texas Rangers at New York Yankees, 7:05 p.m. ET
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SI Vault: San Antonio Spurs
This Day in Sports
- 1999 -- The San Antonio Spurs beat the Knicks in five games to win their first NBA championship
- 1998 -- Sammy Sosa breaks the major league record for homers in a month, hitting his 19th home run and passing the mark set by Tiger Rudy York in August 1937.
- 1999 -- Baltimore Orioles reliever Jesse Orosco sets the MLB record for most relief appearances with 1,051 games.